I don’t know much about this, apart from the fact that it’s a tablecloth from 1990, featuring the family in weird, apparently-mid-dance poses, with a logo proclaiming this is “The Simpsons Party”.
I’ve seen other party favours, like paper plates and hats and everything, from around the same time, but this doesn’t seem like it’s part of that set: most of those follow the pink colour scheme they used a lot in the early years of the show.
Anyway, expect to see a LOT more of this around here. It’s going to be the background for basically all future photos.
Year: 1996 Line:Sweet Ring Imports Set: 3 – Homer, Bart, Lisa
These are Simpsons Bubblegum heads from Sweet Ring Imports, and I kinda love them. I mean, they’re nothing too special: hollow plastic figures of Homer, Bart and Lisa’s heads, with their names on the bases in case you’re not from this planet and don’t know who’s who. And the fact that they’re full of gum is a nice bonus (even if it’s almost 20 years old and slightly less edible than it was when new).
No, the thing I love about them is those eyes. Everyone’s pupils are just a little too small, and it gives them a vacant, creepy stare that will consume your soul if you look at them for too long.
Remember that episode where Homer is mistaken for a pilot, and aimlessly presses buttons on the plane’s dashboard in hopes of blundering his way through the situation?
Playing with HomerSapien is exactly like that.
Released around the time of the movie, this licensed version of WowWee’s RoboSapien looks like it could do some really cool things – if I could only figure out how it works.
He walks, he talks, he picks stuff up (after much trial-and-error), he spooks your dogs. Either way, the real fun is trying to figure it all out. Mine lives on the floor, since I’m not 100% convinced it doesn’t move around by itself at night.
WowWee have since retired this model, but it still does the rounds of eBay pretty regularly. Just make sure you shop around for it: I got mine for ten bucks at a second-hand store, but some hopefuls online are asking for hundreds.
Straight out of the second-season episode, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, this snap-together model kit from Polar Lights lets you build the car Homer designed (and cleverly named The Homer), which ultimately sent his half-brother Herb bankrupt.
It comes complete with tail fins, a separate sound-proof bubble dome for the kids, one of those little balls on the antenna to help you find it in a parking lot, and a horn that plays La Cucaracha – you know, if it wasn’t plastic.
They might not look like it, but these are vehicles. Apparently. From the aggressive-sounding PLAY! Inc, this is a set of die-cast vehicles, similar to Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.
As nice as they are, there’s a few weird things about the set. Firstly, that’s some odd vehicle choices, there. According to the product description, they’re named “Lisa’s Screamin’ Fish”; Bart’s “Never Eat Before Flying” plane; Homer’s “Woo-hoo!” Armchair, and Marge ‘n’ Maggie’s “All in the Same Boat”. Okay then.
And what do they have to do with Krusty World? What even is Krusty World?
Not much to say about this. It’s a car air freshener, featuring Homer and Bart in a pose you’ll often see on promo images. The bottom of the figure states that it’s from 2004, but makes no mention of any specific company, so I have no idea if it’s part of a set.
It doesn’t smell like anything in particular, but it was probably marketed as that unspecified “New Car Smell”.
These magnet straws came with the Slurpee/Squishee cups, in 7/11 stores (done up to look like the Kwik-E-Mart) to promote The Simpsons Movie. The characters are held on with magnets, and can be removed from the straws.